Training of Facilitators
Scaling up collaboration skills globally

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi
of sustainable development projects need collaboration to succeed

In 2015, the nations of the world agreed to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17th Goal emphasizes the importance of partnerships for realizing the other 16 Goals. Working in collaboration across sectors, topics, and borders requires a set of capacities that most individuals and organizations simply don’t have yet. This begs the question: how will the 17th SDG be met by 2030?

The challenge presented by the SDGs is increasing collaboration capacity worldwide so that all change processes can be carried out in a peaceful, professional, efficient, and effective way that honours the intention of the global sustainable development movement. To meet this challenge, CLI is training facilitators and building collaboration networks around the world. CLI’s vision is “A worldwide network of Collaboration Academies that scale up collective leadership capacity to empower individuals and organizations to achieve sustainability outcomes.”

A worldwide network of Collective Leadership Academies that scale up collective leadership capacity to empower teams to achieve sustainability outcomes.

CLI's Collective Leadership Academy vision
Why training collaboration and collective leadership?

We understand leadership to be the capacity of a collective to catalyse change for the common good. As our definition of the “common good” we embrace the 2030 Agenda, or the Sustainable Development Goals.

The challenges we face in implementing the SDGs are complex, but not insurmountable, requiring a shift from a conventional to a collective leadership paradigm. The latter recognizes the importance of collective responsibility, collective intelligence, and collective action, all of which are core to our Collaboration Academies, below (see Shifting the Way We Co-Create, CLI, 2013).

Our facilitators and CLI network partners help bring about a paradigm shift to collective leadership by building capacity for SDG implementation. Our entry point is SDG 17 which aims to: “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.” Specifically, our facilitators support teams in designing and invigorating multi-stakeholder initiatives that work to achieve outcomes across the SDGs at all levels. SDG 17 has set specific targets in this regard and calls for effective and targeted capacity building (see SDG targets 17.9, 17.16, and 17.17).

What can be offered?

For the past decade, CLI has conceptualized and field-tested collaboration methodologies and tools with partners, developing high quality and engaging training curricula, materials, and publications.  Through our growing network of partners, we seek to transfer these approaches and materials to skilled facilitators around the world and, through them, scale collaboration and impact for sustainability.

We understand collaboration to be the capacity to lead collectively across borders:

  • Collaboration among different sectors from the local to the global levels, such as implementation of the SDGs, the Paris Accord, and other international agreements
  • Collaboration among different identities, such as among different racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual orientation, and political groups
  • Collaboration across international borders, such as on the refugee crisis, transboundary watershed management, and transboundary fisheries management

The facilitators offer CLI-developed open and/or tailored courses to teams working on concrete sustainability challenges. Each facilitator can offer both of CLI’s foundation courses:

  • The Art of Stakeholder Collaboration
  • The Art of Leading Collectively

If two or more facilitators work together, they can be recognized as CLI network partners and have their online profile and course offering on our website.

The CLI Network

The CLI partner network (accredited facilitators) is constantly expanding. We are currently in contact with trainers and organisations from several regions to set up new Academies. These include – but are not limited to – the following countries:

  • Egypt
  • Switzerland

Apart from our partner network of people who work as facilitators, we are also offering the qualification as an Collective Leadership Specialist for people who want to strengthen their expertise in designing and invigorating multi-stakeholder initiatives that work to achieve outcomes across the Sustainable Development Goals at all levels without necessarily facilitating trainings. We have trained such experts in the following regions of the world already:

Place/Country/Region No. of Collective Leadership Specialists
Germany 3
Switzerland 3
Egypt 3
Jordan 3
South Africa 2
Denmark 1
Tunisia 1
Senegal 1
How to become a facilitator and network partner?

The accreditation is linked to a facilitator (a person) rather than to an organisation. It needs at least two facilitators within an organisation to be recognized as a CLI network partner.

The accredition process has two phases:

Phase 1: Collective Leadership Specialist (up to 12 months). CLI offers a comprehensive set of courses to train future facilitators in collective leadership methodologies, facilitation, and personal reflection. Trainees may be teams of CLI course Alumni who want to complete their accreditation together or new teams confirmed in close consultation among partners.

Trainees learn the CLI methodologies Dialogic Change Model and Collective Leadership Compass and facilitation techniques in-person from two CLI Faculty by completing:

  • The Art of Stakeholder Collaboration course
  • The Art of Leading Collectively course
  • The Art of Dialogue course

At the end of phase 1 Trainees become CLI Certified Collective Leadership Specialists. CLI Certified Collective Leadership Specialists are trained in the methodologies © Dialogic Change Model and © Collective Leadership Compass and can apply them successfully in practice. By completing our certification process, Collective Leadership Specialists have proven expertise in designing and invigorating multi-stakeholder initiatives that work to achieve outcomes across the Sustainable Development Goals at all levels. Being a Collective Leadership Specialist is also a compulsory qualification to become an Accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator in phase 2 of the accreditation process.

Phase 2: Collective Leadership Facilitators (up to 6 months). In this phase, one CLI faculty co-facilitates both of CLI’s foundation courses (the first two, above) with members of the Trainee team. Trainees are requested to do active course acquisition and go through the full process of marketing the course, conducting pre-course engagement with participants, ensuring an appropriate venue, checking off organizational details, facilitating the course, and following up with reporting and alumni engagement. Of course, they will be supported by CLI during the whole process.
Throughout phases 1 and 2, trainees are responsible for demonstrating to CLI faculty fluency with the collective leadership approach, aptitude for facilitation and coaching, and a capacity for personal reflection and growth. In order to become accredited, trainees must also embody values such as inclusivity, respect for diversity, professionalism, and a commitment to contributing to the sustainability movement. A full list of required knowledge and proficiencies is available upon request.

Steps to be completed in phase 2:

  • Publishing a reflective or applied case study on CLI website and/or in newsletter
  • Co-facilitating a CLI foundation course

At the end of phase 2 Trainees become CLI Accredited Collective Leadership Facilitators who could offer and facilitate not-for-profit CLI foundation courses. If it is an organisation with at least two facilitators, it entails that the name of the organisation, facilitator profiles, and courses appear on our website and that facilitators may begin facilitating CLI courses on their own.

Become a Collective Leadership Facilitator

If you or your organization is interested in gaining collective leadership facilitation skills and teach them to others, get in touch with us!

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Some of our Collective Leadership Specialists and Facilitators
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